Billy Graham Center

Records of the Hour of Freedom Radio Programs - Collection 294

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) withdrew this collection from the BGC Archives in June 2019 and took it to the organization's headquarters in Charlotte. The BGC Archives still has copies of several audio recordings from this collection. These recordings are listed below and may be listened to in the Archives Reading Room. Contact for more information.

Any inquires about other material in this collection should be directed to David Bruce of the BGEA staff.

Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Historical Background
Biography of Howard O. Jones

An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

List Audio Tapes in This Collection (Location Records)
    Audio Tapes

Brief Description.
Copies of broadcasts of a weekly radio program titled HOUR OF FREEDOM, featuring e angelist Howard O. Jones, continuation of a program broadcast for years both in Africa and the United States. Each program consists of a half hour of music, scripture readings, and an evangelistic sermon; also includes sermons of guest speakers, such as Ralph Bell. There are restrictions on the use of this collection. For more information, please see guide.

Collection 294
[January 12, 2001]
Hour of Freedom Radio Program; 1966?-
Records; 1968-1980

Audio tapes


No tapes in this collection may be copied for distribution without written permission from the BGEA.


Historical Background

The Hour of Freedom radio program was a weekly radio program which featured the Rev. Howard O. Jones. The program went on the air in the late 1960's but was really a continuation of the radio programs which the Rev. Jones had been broadcasting for many years in Africa and the United States. Each Hour of Freedom program, which was about half an hour long, included musical selections, a scripture reading, and a sermon by Rev. Jones. Occasionally there was a guest speaker. The program was based in Oberlin, OH.


Howard O. Jones was born April 12, 1921, in Cleveland, OH to Howard O. and Josephine Jones. In 1934, the family moved to Oberlin, OH, where the son attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. For a time in high school he was first saxophonist in a local jazz band. He accepted Christ as a young man and enrolled at the Nyack Missionary College of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, from which he graduated in 1944. The same year he married Wanda Young, also a graduate of Nyack, and the couple went to the Bronx, NY, for Jones' first pastorate at the Bethany C&MA Church. In 1952 Jones became pastor of the Smoot Memorial C&MA Church in Cleveland, OH, where he served until 1958. It was while at this church, in 1954, that he began what were to be the two major aspects of his ministry, broadcasting a regular radio program throughout Africa and later the United States and holding evangelistic crusades in many parts of the world, particularly the United States and Africa. He was also a frequent speaker at Bible conferences and missionary conventions. In 1958 he became one of the associate evangelists of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and in 1973 he was appointed director of the Billy Graham Relief Fund for Africa.

Among the many positions of leadership held by and honors awarded to Rev. Jones were presidency of the National Negro Evangelical Association (1966-1968); enrollment in the Nyack Honor Society (1967); an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from Huntington College, Huntington, IN (1970); membership on the board of trustees of Huntington College (1974); membership on the executive committee of the board of National Religious Broadcasters (1974). He wrote three books, including an autobiography, From the World of Jazz.

The Jones had five children: Cheryl (1946), Gail (1948), Phyllis (1950), David (1953), and Lisa (1961).

Scope and Content

This collection consists entirely of tapes of broadcasts of the Hour of Freedom radio program. Although the collection contains 455 tapes recorded between 1968 and 1980, there are periods of time, sometimes several months long, for which there are no programs. The dates and numbers for each tape are those which were on the tape when it was received by the Archives. Presumably it is the date of broadcast. The first two tapes, labeled "A" and "B," appear to be audition tapes submitted to the advertising firm, Walter F. Bennett and Company. In a few cases, a sermon text and title are given. Several programs contain sermons which are essentially duplicates of one earlier broadcast, although the musical selection of the program may be different.

Accession: 81-77
Type of Material: Audio Tapes

All audio tapes are recorded on reels at 7-1/2 ips, one side only, and are approximately 1/2 hour long. All are sorted in the tape file. The items listed below are located in the AUDIO TAPE FILE:

T299 7/20/69 Jeremiah 37:17/Is There Any Word From the Lord?
T670 8/29/76 James 1:27/Christian Service to the Needy (same as #T745)
T675 10/3/76 Philippians 3:20,21/The Second Coming
T726 9/25/77
T825 8/19/79 Howard Jones interviews his son David
T850 2/10/80 John 3:1-7/The New Birth

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